When it comes to painted timber, we use tulipwood – a strong and resilient hardwood. Its fine, almost knot-free grain makes it perfectly suited to a painted finish, so you get the best of both worlds – strength and smoothness.
Not every piece of furniture and every colour of paint needs the same process – a ‘one finish suits all’ approach won’t ever give you the best result possible. That’s why we vary the number of coats and use both hand-painted and spray-painted techniques depending on what that shade requires.
There are actually just two drawers in this piece, although they look like three. The bottom one has been cleverly disguised to maintain the symmetry created by three, equally sized drawers, but is in fact doubly deep for storing larger objects. It makes Aldwych all the more useful.
The tray-like top doesn’t lift off, but is as practical for keeping things in place as it is decorative. Its slim legs balance the visual weight of the drawers, and underneath are discreet feet, which help to keep the paint finish from scuffing as much as they protect hard flooring.